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Today marks the first birthday of Inside Ecology and what a year we have had. In celebration, we have put together a rundown of article highlights. Over the last twelve months, we have published over two hundred and thirty articles — it has been no easy task choosing only one article for each month that Inside Ecology has been running. Those that have made it onto the birthday list were either topical at the time of writing, or of particular interest to readers…

August 2017
The first week of August 2017 saw headlines such as: “New species of grass snake identified in England”, splashed across the internet — resulting in much confusion and consternation. Dr Martin Brammah sought to provide clarity on the subject in this article.

Speciation – a slippery subject!

September 2017
We love to hear about projects that seek to connect people with nature. Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is a community-based environmental organisation based in Ontario, Canada. In this article, we learnt about an inspiring youth programme that CVC run, which is designed to provide “hands-on environmental stewardship experience for future environmental leaders”.

 Connecting people with nature – Credit Valley Conservation’s youth programme

October 2017
Inside Ecology’s ongoing Interview with an Influencer series has been of real interest to readers over the last twelve months. In October, we interviewed Prof. Alastair Driver, Director of Rewilding Britain (England and Wales).

Interview with an Influencer – Prof. Alastair Driver, Rewilding Britain

November 2017
The UK’s first certification scheme for green infrastructure was launched on 9 November 2017. In this article, Dr Gemma Jerome told us more about the Building with Nature project.

Building with Nature certification scheme, UK

December 2017
There’s no doubt that technology plays an increasingly important role in ecological surveying. In his article, Jonathan Gatwood looked at ways to use GIS and mapping software efficiently.

Maps and Mapping for Ecology Surveys – Using GIS and mapping software efficiently

January 2018
Ecologists and conservationists are all too aware of the ongoing decline in species and habitats that we have experienced over recent decades. One of our articles in January saw Derek Gow, write about reintroductions as a tool for water vole conservation.

Reintroductions as an essential conservation tool for water vole populations

February 2018
eDNA analysis is now a routine part of surveying. We found out more about the science behind eDNA analysis and its application in ecology in Jim Campbell’s article.

The role of eDNA analysis in ecology

March 2018
This month saw the first article written by our monthly columnist — Morgan Hughes — in which, she introduced us to the Urban Bat Project.

Columnist Feature – #1 Training the troops

April 2018
Roads have a huge impact on our wildlife. In this article, Maggie Ernest focused on the effects of roads, and the ways in which human/wildlife conflict can be reduced.

Roads and wildlife

May 2018
Over the last eight months Inside Ecology has run a Careers Series, which has been of real interest to our readers. In one of the articles in the series, David Feige talked about his role as Principal Ecologist and AONB Officer for Northumberland County Council.

Careers Series – Principal Ecologist and AONB Officer, Northumberland County Council

June 2018
It is always uplifting to hear about conservation success stories. In June, Dr Emily Baxter wrote an article for Inside Ecology about the grey seals of South Walney Nature Reserve.

Grey seals – A success story

July 2018
Nikki Banfield introduced us to the work of the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust in her June article. The next article in the mini-series focused on the work of the Rangers involved in land management on the Isles of Scilly.

Land management on the Isles of Scilly

That completes our birthday round-up.

We would just like to take this opportunity to once again thank all those who have contributed over the past year and of course, a big thank you also goes out to our readers. We can’t wait to see what the next year brings!

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